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Adelomelon volute

A New Species of Volute (Adelomelon new sp.)
from 914 meters (3,000 ft.) off Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos.
(Photograph by April Goldfinch)

The discovery of this volute in the deep waters off Galápagos helps scientists track the expansion of the range of these predatory snails from the Southern to the Northern Hemisphere 25-40 million years ago. This new species will be described by Smithsonian’s Dr. Jerry Harasewych, a National Museum of Natural History scientist who specializes in gastropod mollusks. 

 

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